The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Antigua

A dip in the infinity pool is just what you need during a hot day in Tamarind Hills
A dip in the infinity pool is just what you need during a hot day in Tamarind Hills | Courtesy of Tamarind Hills /
Nannette Holliday

At the heart of the Leeward Islands, Antigua has 365 beaches dotted with buzzy waterfront restaurants and bars. Beyond famed coastal spots such as Dickenson Bay, Jolly Harbour and Hawksbill Bay, there are natural attractions, including Frigate Bird Sanctuary on nearby island Barbuda. Whether you’re visiting as a couple or a family, holiday rentals in Antigua offer a more homely stay than all-inclusive resorts. Check out these top Antigua vacation rentals, all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Tamarind Hills, for design-led sophistication in Saint Mary

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An Antigua vacation rental at Tamarind Hills overlooking the ocean.
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If you like sophistication, you’ll love these sleek, ocean-view villas, townhouses and suites. Set on a bluff between Darkwood and Ffryes – two of the finest beaches on the west coast – the high-end accommodations feature designer kitchens, floating infinity pools, terraces and spacious living areas. If you can tear yourself away, walk along the sand to chic Jacquie O’s Beach House for locally caught lobster and red snapper or Dennis Cocktail Bar and Restaurant for suckling pig.

2. Villa Amazing, for a jolly good time in Jolly Harbour


A contemporary villa with an infinity pool at Jolly Harbours Villa Amazing.
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Soak up the splendid seclusion and panoramic ocean views while floating in your private swimming pool at this vacation rental in Antigua. Crisp white and natural tones with pops of blue create a serene, fresh look in the fancy two- and four-bedroom villas, where you can savour red-hot sunsets and rum punches on your private balcony. From your Jolly Harbour base, you can escape to Jolly Beach, a 15-minute walk away, or hit the green at Jolly Harbour Golf Club.

3. The Escape at Nonsuch Bay Resort, for modern love in FreeTown

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An ocean-view balcony with a bath and plunge pool at the Escape at Nonsuch Bay Resort in FreeTown.
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Reboot the romance with a stay in these adults-only, all-inclusive suites in southeast Antigua. As you cherish the uninterrupted tropical ocean views and stirring sunsets from your outdoor soaking tub, day bed and plunge pool, toast your luck with island rum from the wet bar. As the name suggests, this stay offers pure escapism; enjoy it on the private beach or take a short boat ride to the unspoiled, private Green Island nearby. When civilisation calls, fine Caribbean dining and hip bars are all within easy reach.

4. Villa Fair Winds, for a fun-filled vacation in Saint Mary


A homely outdoor terrace with sea views at Villa Fair Winds in Saint Mary.
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This two-bedroom Antigua vacation rental is set within the glamorous Sugar Ridge development, a short walk from Jolly Harbour. Lime green and stainless steel blend with bohemian throws and local art to reflect the island’s playful lifestyle. You’ll love the views of Jolly Harbour Marina and the Caribbean Sea that greet you when you open the large wooden gates. Stretch out on the wraparound terrace, dine al fresco on homemade fish tacos and pretend you live here. Step out the door to discover peaceful, sheltered gazebos along the estate’s private rainforest nature trail.

5. The Villas at Sunset Lane, for colourful cuisine in Saint John's


A bubblegum-pink holiday home with a pool at the Villas at Sunset Lane in Saint Johns.
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Tucked away on a hillside in St John’s, overlooking scenic Dickenson Bay, these holiday rentals offer a little slice of Antiguan paradise. All different in style, the adults-only suites and villas reflect the island vibe with vibrant blues, greens and yellows. As crickets serenade you, sip freshly shaken cocktails beside the pool before dining on fresh, island produce, from stewed salt fish to rice and peas, whipped up by owner and executive chef Jackie. For a change of scenery, the white sands of Runaway Beach are 3km (2mi) away.

6. Antigua Village, for a truly tropical retreat in Dickenson Bay

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A white-washed living room with a surfboard table and ocean views at Antigua Village holiday rental in Saint Johns.

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this Antigua vacation rental on the northwest coast’s Dickenson Bay is all about island charm. With their ocean-view balconies, the white-washed studios, suites and villas will bring joy to the most jet-lagged of travellers. Divide your mealtimes between Ana’s on the Beach, for Mediterranean and Caribbean seafood platters, and Salt Plage, for steaks and watermelon salads by candlelight.

7. Dickenson Bay Cottages, for cool coastal vibes in St John's


Holiday rentals in Antigua surrounding a freeform pool at Dickenson Bay Cottages.
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Forget your worries as you stretch out in one of these spacious and airy one- or two-bedroom cottages furnished in cool, coastal colours. Spend your days gazing out the window, across your balcony, at the green vegetation and two-tone blue sea and sky. Tuck your towel under your arm before sinking your toes in the soft white sands lining Dickenson Bay, two minutes’ walk away. Feeling lazy? Stay put and chill by the freeform pool.

8. Yepton Estate Cottages, for laidback lakeside cottages near St John's


A vacation rental with a pool at Yepton Estate Cottages near Saint Johns.
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Bird-watchers will coo at this paradisiacal Antigua vacation rental, set on a saltwater lagoon where pelicans play. Tucked away behind Yepton Beach, the estate is 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of St John’s. The yellow-and-white cottages feature homely furnishings, porches to read your holiday romance on, hammocks to snooze in, and ecofriendly solar panels to heat your water. Delightful scenery and warm-hearted hospitality complete the package.

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